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Title: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 23, 2019, 04:30:00 pm
Ok, so Iíve got a pair of subs with the 2242 driver in them. Iím considering building another pair since they arenít available but I see I may have trouble finding those drivers. I thought about buying the matching subs to my tops but those arenít available anymore either. So is JBL making a driver comparable or is there another driver out there that would be close enough for me to build a semi matching pair to what I have? The alternative is buying something currently on the market.

Thanks
DJ
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Mike Caldwell on March 24, 2019, 12:19:32 am
While the 2242 is a good sounding 18, by todays standards it's a dated design.

What type design sub cabinets are they in?
What are you going to use the subs for?
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 24, 2019, 06:47:17 am
While the 2242 is a good sounding 18, by todays standards it's a dated design.

What type design sub cabinets are they in?
What are you going to use the subs for?

The 2242ís are in my ďwĒ bin cabinets. Yes I do get the occasional comment about still carrying around those subs! But Iíve had them for close to 20 years now and theyíve been fine for me. I use 1 per side under one or two yorkville U15ís. As Iím growing a little I wanted a little more sub and figured Iíd get another pair as thatís probably the cheapest route only to find I canít find them. So then I decided that maybe I should just upgrade and get 4 subs that actually match my tops only to find they arenít available either. So my next option is to find a driver thatís close enough in sound and build 2 copies of my wís or just upgrade all my subs to something thatís newer and available. So thatís when I decided to post in here and see which option makes the most sense. I know eventually I might be able to find this stuff used, but then Iím at the mercy of playing the waiting game to find the stuff, not that Iím ready to buy a large batch of subs right now since this started as a how much are my current subs to add a pair!

Dave
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: John Halliburton on March 25, 2019, 08:12:08 am
The 2242ís are in my ďwĒ bin cabinets. Yes I do get the occasional comment about still carrying around those subs! But Iíve had them for close to 20 years now and theyíve been fine for me. I use 1 per side under one or two yorkville U15ís. As Iím growing a little I wanted a little more sub and figured Iíd get another pair as thatís probably the cheapest route only to find I canít find them. So then I decided that maybe I should just upgrade and get 4 subs that actually match my tops only to find they arenít available either. So my next option is to find a driver thatís close enough in sound and build 2 copies of my wís or just upgrade all my subs to something thatís newer and available. So thatís when I decided to post in here and see which option makes the most sense. I know eventually I might be able to find this stuff used, but then Iím at the mercy of playing the waiting game to find the stuff, not that Iím ready to buy a large batch of subs right now since this started as a how much are my current subs to add a pair!

Dave

Both the U15 and the LS1208 subs are still being made.  There is also the ES21 subs which I think would be a decent match to the U15.

Best regards,

John
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Chris Grimshaw on March 25, 2019, 09:27:44 am
Just a quick FWIW, if older JBLs in W-bins are your reference, I suspect you'll be impressed at what a modern high-power 18" in a sensible ported box will do.

Chris
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 25, 2019, 12:35:15 pm
Both the U15 and the LS1208 subs are still being made.  There is also the ES21 subs which I think would be a decent match to the U15.

Best regards,

John

I saw that the U15 is still in production on their site. I didnít see the LS1208 but I wasnít looking for that sub either. I was in reference to the UCS-1 not in production. Iíll look into those ES21ís. Are the LS1208ís carpeted? Iíd like to get away from carpeted boxes.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 25, 2019, 12:44:54 pm
Just a quick FWIW, if older JBLs in W-bins are your reference, I suspect you'll be impressed at what a modern high-power 18" in a sensible ported box will do.

Chris

Maybe. I donít have much opportunity to demo speakers. Iím sure thereís people around me with stuff I could listen to, but I donít have those contacts yet. I know Danley is up the street from me but I doubt Iíll have a budget for anything up there. Iíve done some freelancing in the past with a larger company but Iím not in the market for a kf850 rig either. I started with those wís under some Yamaha club speakers back in the day and just never upgraded, but I see that maybe now is that time! I guess I should do some research and see whatís out there.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Tim McCulloch on March 26, 2019, 01:52:46 pm
Maybe. I donít have much opportunity to demo speakers. Iím sure thereís people around me with stuff I could listen to, but I donít have those contacts yet. I know Danley is up the street from me but I doubt Iíll have a budget for anything up there. Iíve done some freelancing in the past with a larger company but Iím not in the market for a kf850 rig either. I started with those wís under some Yamaha club speakers back in the day and just never upgraded, but I see that maybe now is that time! I guess I should do some research and see whatís out there.

The 2240 and 2242 were awesome woofers for their day but their day was 20 - 30 years ago.  A whole lot has happened since then with transducer materials and physical design and construction to achieve longer xMAX and dissipate more heat and survive the mechanical stresses.

It's not easy to audition new gear, you're right.  A lot of my early listening is arranged by calling the regional rep firm for the manufacturer(s) I'm interested in and asking what retailers or pro end users have ordered inventory of the thing I'm interested in.  After that it's a few phone calls to see when they might be used or available to audition.

Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 26, 2019, 07:21:31 pm
The 2240 and 2242 were awesome woofers for their day but their day was 20 - 30 years ago.  A whole lot has happened since then with transducer materials and physical design and construction to achieve longer xMAX and dissipate more heat and survive the mechanical stresses.

It's not easy to audition new gear, you're right.  A lot of my early listening is arranged by calling the regional rep firm for the manufacturer(s) I'm interested in and asking what retailers or pro end users have ordered inventory of the thing I'm interested in.  After that it's a few phone calls to see when they might be used or available to audition.

I get it, technology has made drastic improvements in the audio world in the last 20 years. Just look at how much has gone digital. I will say this, people have been impressed how my w bins sounded once they heard them. The comment was always, those arenít stock drivers are they?

John, when I search for ES21 subwoofer I get results showing me a small home theatre subwoofer. Could you give me more info on that sub!

Also, has anyone done a subwoofer comparison lately. I originally thought I was going to be adding a pair of w bins and now Iím looking into buying a whole new set of subs and I really have no idea where to begin. I guess Iíll need to decide if I want to go with active or passive boxes first. I almost feel like these comments are saying that anything I buy today will at least keep up with my wís if not out-perform then so it almost doesnít matter what I buy!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Mike Caldwell on March 26, 2019, 08:38:16 pm
The last new price for a 2242 was something around $700...way over priced even then in comparison to what else was available let alone to what is available now.

What size are your W bins. They have some output but may not be going as low as you think.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Tim McCulloch on March 26, 2019, 09:38:32 pm
The last new price for a 2242 was something around $700...way over priced even then in comparison to what else was available let alone to what is available now.

What size are your W bins. They have some output but may not be going as low as you think.

The W bin - at least the original "RCA" style - was optimized for around 55 Hz, IIRC
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Riley Casey on March 26, 2019, 11:11:33 pm
The Keele W horns that JBL published designs for were specced as being a 40 hz flare rate and noted that a stack of eight would provide the requisite mouth area.  Like so much else on the PSW forums this has come up before.

https://forums.prosoundweb.com/index.php?topic=138996.0

The W bin - at least the original "RCA" style - was optimized for around 55 Hz, IIRC
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Morison on March 27, 2019, 04:14:21 am
John, when I search for ES21 subwoofer I get results showing me a small home theatre subwoofer. Could you give me more info on that sub!


http://yorkville.com/subwoofers/elite/product/es21p/ (http://yorkville.com/subwoofers/elite/product/es21p/)
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 27, 2019, 07:34:33 am
The last new price for a 2242 was something around $700...way over priced even then in comparison to what else was available let alone to what is available now.

What size are your W bins. They have some output but may not be going as low as you think.

Yeah, $700 a piece is way too steep. Mine are 24Ēx30Ēx48Ē outside dimensions. One of my bands had their own gear when I met them and they had a pair of OAP brand Wís loaded with eminence drivers. It was night and day difference between theirs and mine. Mine seem smoother than theirs were and more punchy, probably due to being able to handle more power. Iím not saying that they are the best subs out there, but they sound different than most other W bins.  I would like to measure their output and see what they are actually doing. I donít have a rig to measure with and I donít know anyone local that does either.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Morison on March 27, 2019, 12:45:30 pm
I would like to measure their output and see what they are actually doing. I donít have a rig to measure with and I donít know anyone local that does either.

If you update your user profile with your location (counterintuitively, on this forum software you need to put it in the "Personal Text" field for it to show up in your posts BTW), you may well find there's a forum member nearby who'd be willing to come do a measurement session with you for the cost of a beer or 2.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 27, 2019, 02:26:30 pm
If you update your user profile with your location (counterintuitively, on this forum software you need to put it in the "Personal Text" field for it to show up in your posts BTW), you may well find there's a forum member nearby who'd be willing to come do a measurement session with you for the cost of a beer or 2.

Thanks for that David!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Tim McCulloch on March 28, 2019, 10:20:24 pm
Thanks for that David!

Atlanta?  You're in luck.  Besides having about every major and minor brand represented in that market, it's home of Danley Sound Labs.  You might have a life-changing experience in their demo room with the W bin as your standard of comparison.

Twelve years ago LAB participant Paul Bell sponsored a subwoofer shoot out in a club in Manhattan and we spent 2 days doing TEF sweeps and listening/feeling.  The Environmental Police showed up because we were shaking an apartment on the 5th floor... across the street.  Reports in the Archive under NYC Subwoofer shootout.

Today's new subs might be +4dB in output and maybe another 1/3 octave lower for similar physical size/weight.  That's 50% fewer subs to own, transport, handle, and occupy venue space.  We've come a long, long way.

It's a great time to be in audio!  :D
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 29, 2019, 12:52:23 am
Atlanta?  You're in luck.  Besides having about every major and minor brand represented in that market, it's home of Danley Sound Labs.  You might have a life-changing experience in their demo room with the W bin as your standard of comparison.

Twelve years ago LAB participant Paul Bell sponsored a subwoofer shoot out in a club in Manhattan and we spent 2 days doing TEF sweeps and listening/feeling.  The Environmental Police showed up because we were shaking an apartment on the 5th floor... across the street.  Reports in the Archive under NYC Subwoofer shootout.

Today's new subs might be +4dB in output and maybe another 1/3 octave lower for similar physical size/weight.  That's 50% fewer subs to own, transport, handle, and occupy venue space.  We've come a long, long way.

It's a great time to be in audio!  :D
Itís funny you mention this. My neighbor actually works for Danley. Iíve been wanting to make a trip over there even though I can almost bet that everything will be above my budget, but Iíve heard not to let that stop me from stopping by.
Then on a side note, I got a demo tonight. Had a gig with one of my regular bands. Corporate party and lucky me there was a PA already in the room and it was prearranged that was was just sending them a stereo mix. So I got mix on a Meyer line array, not sure of the model, but there were 6 boxes a side, s 2 subs and I think 4 small fill speakers. Subs were their 500hpís. I see what you guys mean about the newer technology, I had all the low end I needed from those flown boxes and the 2 subs! Granted the rig was more than enough for that ballroom but my 2 subs couldnít compete with those things. I havenít looked them up yet, but Iím sure those are out of my budget too.
So I guess in theory, if I knew what my subs performance numbers were it would be easier to compare on paper all these other boxes and I could end up just buying 2 for now since they obviously will outperform my wís! So I could afford 2 nicer subs versus 4 cheaper ones. Something to think about.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Roland Clarke on March 29, 2019, 01:43:55 pm
I got to work with a few of the HP700ís, these were very good!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 29, 2019, 02:17:46 pm
http://yorkville.com/subwoofers/elite/product/es21p/ (http://yorkville.com/subwoofers/elite/product/es21p/)

Thanks, canít belive I didnít see this earlier. That thing is a beast at 202lbs!
While weight for a sub doesnít bother me too much, I am still basically a one man show for now but that may be changing in the near future since Iíve got a band thatís asking for more ďproductionĒ in terms of lighting. So I may start having someone around to help schlep gear! Guess I need to start looking for demo opportunities and make an appointment up the street to listen to some Danley stuff too!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Jeremy Young on March 29, 2019, 02:29:35 pm
Hi David, I use some Orbit Shifter Pro subwoofers (http://jtrspeakers.com/orbit-shifter-pro.html) from JTR Speakers. 


Lots of talk about them here on the forums if you do some searching, and some independent (and very detailed) measurements have been done of them over on the data-bass (https://data-bass.com/data?page=system&id=119) website.  Roughly similar size to your W-bins, 18" folded horn with tilt-back casters and high power handling.  I have not been disappointed, which is why my two are becoming four next week.  Might be worth looking into as an option that packs a lot of power for its size/price. 
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 29, 2019, 02:39:28 pm
Hi David, I use some Orbit Shifter Pro subwoofers (http://jtrspeakers.com/orbit-shifter-pro.html) from JTR Speakers. 


Lots of talk about them here on the forums if you do some searching, and some independent (and very detailed) measurements have been done of them over on the data-bass (https://data-bass.com/data?page=system&id=119) website.  Roughly similar size to your W-bins, 18" folded horn with tilt-back casters and high power handling.  I have not been disappointed, which is why my two are becoming four next week.  Might be worth looking into as an option that packs a lot of power for its size/price.

Thanks, Iíll check those out too. Iíve seen forum posts referring to them but never really looked at them. But right now everything is worth checking out. I definitely wonít be buying something I have not demoíd though. Iím not in a hurry to buy so Iíll start looking for demo opportunities, even if I have to travel some!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Rob Spence on March 29, 2019, 08:11:58 pm
Atlanta?  You're in luck.  Besides having about every major and minor brand represented in that market, it's home of Danley Sound Labs.  You might have a life-changing experience in their demo room with the W bin as your standard of comparison.

Twelve years ago LAB participant Paul Bell sponsored a subwoofer shoot out in a club in Manhattan and we spent 2 days doing TEF sweeps and listening/feeling.  The Environmental Police showed up because we were shaking an apartment on the 5th floor... across the street.  Reports in the Archive under NYC Subwoofer shootout.

Today's new subs might be +4dB in output and maybe another 1/3 octave lower for similar physical size/weight.  That's 50% fewer subs to own, transport, handle, and occupy venue space.  We've come a long, long way.

It's a great time to be in audio!  :D

I met Tim (and Ivan) at that event. Some of the subs were massive. One weighed 350 lbs. yikes. This guy from Chicago brought along a little horn loaded sub to include. While it wasnít competing with the big guys, we were blown away by it. When I got home I bought 4 of the JTR Growlers.

Last year I sold the 4 of them and the QSC PL6.0 and replaced them with 2 Danley TH118s and a 4000 watt plate amp. This gave me 2 easier to move subs, more output and lower extension and lightened up the amp rack to boot.



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Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 30, 2019, 08:42:50 am
I met Tim (and Ivan) at that event. Some of the subs were massive. One weighed 350 lbs. yikes. This guy from Chicago brought along a little horn loaded sub to include. While it wasnít competing with the big guys, we were blown away by it. When I got home I bought 4 of the JTR Growlers.

Last year I sold the 4 of them and the QSC PL6.0 and replaced them with 2 Danley TH118s and a 4000 watt plate amp. This gave me 2 easier to move subs, more output and lower extension and lightened up the amp rack to boot.



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Right now thatís kind of my deciding point. Do I get 4 of something a little smaller or 2 of something maybe a little bigger. That question may become easy once I start to demo stuff. Good food for thought though! Thanks
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Rick Powell on March 30, 2019, 10:05:16 am
Last year I sold the 4 of them and the QSC PL6.0 and replaced them with 2 Danley TH118s and a 4000 watt plate amp. This gave me 2 easier to move subs, more output and lower extension and lightened up the amp rack to boot.

So you have one active and one passive TH118, and installed a Speakon jumper in the powered cabinet to power the passive cabinet? I think the power module puts out 4000w at 2 ohms, which would be 2000w/speaker if using the 4 ohm drivers.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: John Schalk on March 30, 2019, 11:48:46 am
If you liked the size and output of the Meyer 500-HP, then you may want to take a look at the JTR Captivator 212 Pro which is a fairly new 2 x 12" design.  A search here should turn up several threads discussing this sub and it just so happens that there is a powered pair for sale in the Marketplace right now.  By the way, the asking price for used Meyer 500-HPs seems to be around $2,000 per box.  It is a 10 year old design, but is still a current product for Meyer.  I have no idea what the new price would be for it.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Ed Hall on March 30, 2019, 12:45:02 pm
...This guy from Chicago brought along a little horn loaded sub to include. While it wasnít competing with the big guys, we were blown away by it. When I got home I bought 4 of the JTR Growlers.
...

I think I just bought them. Don't discount the Growler if your reference is a 20 year old W bin. 4 Growlers easily replaced, and then some, two Community VLF218 for me. The VLF218 is about the same size as the TH118. Each Growler is about half that size. For me they are easier to utilize for smaller shows where space is a concern. Put all 4 together center clustered and they get the job done!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on March 30, 2019, 04:25:28 pm
If you liked the size and output of the Meyer 500-HP, then you may want to take a look at the JTR Captivator 212 Pro which is a fairly new 2 x 12" design.  A search here should turn up several threads discussing this sub and it just so happens that there is a powered pair for sale in the Marketplace right now.  By the way, the asking price for used Meyer 500-HPs seems to be around $2,000 per box.  It is a 10 year old design, but is still a current product for Meyer.  I have no idea what the new price would be for it.

Iím not sure Iíd go the Meyer HP500 route just based on that one time use. I was getting lots of low end from the hanging line array too so Iím not sure how much bass was filling the room from just those subs. When I would walk past them though I definitely knew they were working. I didnít ask what the line array boxes were but I was able to get a good look at the subs while waiting on the band to show up. They definitely surprised me for output versus size, especially since Iíve learned they were double 12ís.

Since I ground stack my rig I would either need something tall enough to stack my U15Bís on or have a pole mount cup. Iím sure thatís not a big deal these days as it seems everything has a pole mount to it. The next thing would be how easy they are to move around. Iím not concerned with the weight so long as Iím not having to pick it up to move it, so either 4 casters or tilt and push! I donít have a budget yet since again I went into this looking to just add 2 more wís so Iíll need to see what I like and then put a budget together based on that.

Iíve also looked up those yorkville es21ís on their site, thanks for the link. Those are a little smaller than my current subs but about 50lbs heavier, so thatís something to think about as well.

So who on here is semi local to Atlanta and what do you have that I could come out and listen to? Obviously I need to run up to Danley, but what else are the locals using? Feel free to do the private message thing if youíre not wanting to advertise to everybody. Also is there anyone local that could help with measurements for my current subs so I can at least compare specs? Thanks everyone for all this great advice and suggestions.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Rob Spence on March 31, 2019, 12:57:07 am
So you have one active and one passive TH118, and installed a Speakon jumper in the powered cabinet to power the passive cabinet? I think the power module puts out 4000w at 2 ohms, which would be 2000w/speaker if using the 4 ohm drivers.

The plate amp has a parallel speakon out. Made it easy.



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Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on April 06, 2019, 08:03:03 pm
If you liked the size and output of the Meyer 500-HP, then you may want to take a look at the JTR Captivator 212 Pro which is a fairly new 2 x 12" design.  A search here should turn up several threads discussing this sub and it just so happens that there is a powered pair for sale in the Marketplace right now. 

So Iíve found a pair of QSC kw181ís that friend has, and Friday I just picked up a gig and Iíll have a pair of something supplementing my rig, Iíll find out when I pick them up what they are. So far all I know is single 18ís.

Does anybody near Atlanta have anything from JTR that I could come listen to? Iíll even help on a show for free just to have a listen to some boxes! I just donít know many people in this huge city that does audio on my scale!
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on April 13, 2019, 12:26:26 am
So Iíve found a pair of QSC kw181ís that friend has, and Friday I just picked up a gig and Iíll have a pair of something supplementing my rig, Iíll find out when I pick them up what they are. So far all I know is single 18ís.


Ok, so Iím at the show now got 4 QSC kw181ís with my wís. These things are walking all over my subs! Iíve got the 4 qscís across the front of the stage and it really doesnít matter that my subs are even here. Since people on the forum have said they like the JTR stuff better, I would love to hear them but apparently no one has any in Atlanta. I can say I am impressed by these kwís. It also helps that thereís more here in town should I need to rent them.
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: Chris Grimshaw on April 13, 2019, 01:41:03 am
Technology certainly has moved on.
I'd say the KW181 is getting a little long in the tooth these days, too - I have 15"s that can put out 6dB more at 40Hz.

That said, KW181s are quite useful in that you'll always have the option to rent some more.

Chris
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: David Junius on April 14, 2019, 08:38:03 am
Technology certainly has moved on.
I'd say the KW181 is getting a little long in the tooth these days, too - I have 15"s that can put out 6dB more at 40Hz.

That said, KW181s are quite useful in that you'll always have the option to rent some more.

Chris
Yes, Iím not set on buying the kwís yet. Just noted that they play really nice with my tops and thereís more local should I need to rent. However I am still open to wanting to listen/demo other subs. However it seems that by lack of response thereís either no one willing to demo speakers in my area, or no one has anything different than what Iíve already listened to! Obviously the big companies in town all have matched rigs, ie subs that match their line array. Itís a little more difficult to find the lounge level guys, many Iím sure arenít on here!
David
Title: Re: JBL 2242ís and equivalent
Post by: John Schalk on April 14, 2019, 11:34:20 pm
However I am still open to wanting to listen/demo other subs. However it seems that by lack of response thereís either no one willing to demo speakers in my area, or no one has anything different than what Iíve already listened to!

JTR Speakers has a somewhat active Facebook page, so you could try posting on there to see if there are any JTR Pro owners in the Atlanta area.  If you follow JTR on FB for a while you'll learn that their main focus is the serious home theater enthusiast.  Another option is to get out there and network; go to live shows and introduce yourself during set breaks to the sound crew.  The best time to talk to me is after soundcheck, but before the first set. :)  Mind you, I am nowhere near Atlanta, GA.